- According to GRRM, there is precedent for a king releasing someone from their vows to the Night’s Watch.
- The anti-Bolton faction in the North needs a Stark to rally around in order to create the legal and political conditions for survival. Ned Stark’s oldest son with a direwolf to prove his Starkness, a proven warrior who’s defended the North from the wildlings, with an army and a king backing his claim? That’s not a half bad pitch.
- Stannis doesn’t think he’s a pretender, but the king by right. As to whether his decrees will be accepted, it depends on who recognizes him as king.